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100% #OutOf100 – The 13th

The 13th is an in-depth look at the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which outlawed slavery, but left a loophole which has been exploited since ‘liberation’ to perpetuate the enslavement of African-Americans through the US criminal ‘justice’ system and mass incarceration. This allows white Americans to continue to get rich from this ‘economic’ system.

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#TBBReview of Sennia Nanua’s Feature Debut in Horror-Sci-Fi ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’

This was a rarity – knowingly attending any kind of dark fantasy movie, albeit The Girl With All The Gifts, a film surrounded by a major, positive buzz, and starring the lovely Sennia Nanua! For those of you who don’t know, TBB have been supporting Beverley, the Cass Pennant-produced film directed by Alex Thomas and starring Laya Lewis. Miss Nanua made her acting debut as part of the central supporting cast – Beverley Thompson’s little sister, Jess. This is Nanua’s second film role and first feature! So, the question for us was, could our girl, a relative unknown and still very young, hold...

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Sharon Duncan-Brewster Mesmerises Daily Telegraph Theatre Critic Into Forgetting The Meaning of Theatre!

We were delighted to learn back in late July, that one of our most talented actresses, and TBB Treasure Sharon Duncan-Brewster, was cast as Stella Kowalski in the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s current production of Tennessee Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Streetcar Named Desire. This is a candid story, taking its name from the New Orleans Desire Line, which ran streetcars to and from Desire Street from 1920-48. Williams wrote shocking scenes, exploring financial ruin, marital violence, sexual and emotional abuse, madness, and used gritty dialogue – bold for its day. Duncan-Brewster was thoroughly aware of what she was...

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88% #OutOf100 – #LFF2016 Queen Of Katwe

Just as old dogs can learn new tricks, so Disney has proved, unequivocally, that they can venture from a decades-old tried and tested trope and make authentic cinema with the much-anticipated Queen of Katwe. The 93-year-old film making behemoth has trademarked candy-coated re-packaging of other nation’s oral and traditional histories since 1923. We KNOW better – the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, Hans Christian Andersen, yet we have all eaten up the Disney versions, making them gazillions of dollars. For me, a particular low point was The Little Mermaid. The original ending was not a happy one,...

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Fresh From Box Office Triumph, Brotherhood, Noel Clarke is DS Sean “Gunner” Martin in ITV’s, The Level

There are few people who don’t know who the award-winning actor (stage, screen and TV), screenwriter (screen and TV), director (film) and comic book writer Noel Clarke is. He is young, gifted and black, and has not only managed to get the mainstream to take notice of him and his work, but he has earned both critical acclaim and box office success. Brotherhood, the last in his ‘Hood Trilogy’, which started with Kidulthood in 2006 and continued with Adulthood in 2008, went on general release on August 29th, 2016. It dominated the UK box office, taking £1.98m in its first seven days from just 220 screens....

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Georgina Campbell Lands US TV Debut as Female Lead In Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’!

Syfy UK, along with David S. Goyer and Warner Horizon Television, have been planning a Superman prequel pilot set on his homeworld of Krypton. It was just announced that Georgina Campbell has been one of the first cast – as the female lead, Lyta Zod! Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the planet whichsent Kal-El to Earth. His ancestral House of El, ostracised and shamed, compels Superman’s grandfather, the yet-to-be-cast Seg-El, to fight to redeem his family’s honour and save his world from chaos....

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TBB Geeks Out Over Idris’ Role as Heimdall in the Upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

You might remember that Idris Elba’s Heimdall, the all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian sentry god of the Bifröst Bridge, was greeted with initial controversy, but has since won the affection of fans with his powerful and respectful big screen embodiment. Some might even have felt that he has been criminally sidelined in the first two Thor movies. Hopes were not high for a larger role in, Thor: The Dark World, as the god of thunder destroyed the Bridge at the end of Thor. That pessimism was justified as writers found a way to link Midgard (Earth) and Asgard in the absence of...

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